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Loyalka, Prashant

Prashant Loyalka
Prashant Loyalka
Academic Title 
Assistant Professor (Research)
Other Titles 

Center Research Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University

Faculty Member, Rural Education Action Program (REAP), Stanford University

Program Affiliations 
SHIPS (PhD): International Comparative Education
Access and Equity
Achievement and Motivation
Achievement Tests
Adolescent Development
Applied Econometrics
Applied Statistics in Educational Research
Chinese Education and Society
Credentialing / Preparation
Design and Analysis of Longitudinal Research
Design Experiments
Economics of Education
Education and Migration
Educational Policy
Educational Equity
Educational Research in Student Testing and Large-Scale Assessment
Equity and Poverty
Gender Studies
Higher Education
International Comparative Education
Poverty and Child Welfare
Social Issues in Child and Adolescent Development
Social Networks
Statistical Methods and Applications in Statistical Issues
Survey Research Methods
Teacher Education
Teacher Labor Markets

Prashant's research focuses on examining/addressing inequalities in the education of youth and on understanding/improving the quality of education received by youth in large developing economies, including China, Russia and India. In the course of addressing educational inequalities, Prashant examines the consequences of tracking, financial and informational constraints, and psycho-social factors in highly competitive education systems. His work on understanding educational quality is built around research that assesses and compares student learning in higher education, high school and compulsory schooling. He furthermore conducts large-scale evaluations of educational programs and policies that seek to improve student outcomes.

Loyalka, P., Huang, X.T., Zhang, L.X., Wei, J.G., Yi, H.M., Song, Y.Q., Yao, S.J., Chu, J. (2015). “The Impact of Vocational Schooling on Human Capital Development in Developing Countries: Evidence from China.” World Bank Economic Review.

Zhou, C.C., Sylvia, S., Zhang, L.X., Luo, R.F., Yi, H.M., Liu, C.F., Shi, Y.J., Loyalka, P., Chu, J., Medina, A. and Rozelle, S. (2015). “China’s Left-Behind Children: Impact of Parental Migration on Health, Nutrition, And Educational Outcomes.” Health Affairs 34(11): 1964-1971.

Loyalka, P., Wei, J.G., Song, Y.Q., Zhong, W.P., Chu, J. (2015). “The Impacts of Building Elite High Schools for Students from Disadvantaged Areas.” Economic Development and Cultural Change, 63(2): 393-422.

Yi, H.M., Song, Y.Q., Liu C.F., Huang, X.T., Zhang, L.X., Yao, S.J, Bai, Y.L., Yang, C., Wang, H., Loyalka, P., Chu, J., Rozelle, S. (2015). “Giving Kids a Head Start: The Impact of Early Commitment of Financial Aid on Poor Junior High School Students in Rural China” Journal of Development Economics, 113(3): 1-15.

Loyalka, P., Liu, L., Chen, G., Zheng X.Y. (2014). “The Cost of Disability in China.” Demography, 51(1): 97-118.